INTRODUCING WORDSWORTH

daffodils

What does this image of a field of daffodils make you think of? Which feelings does it convey? What is Nature for you?

I’m now going to introduce you to the great romantic poet from the Lake District William Wordsworth. I want to start with a video by BBC FUTURE LEARN ‘William Wordsworth: Poetry, People and Place’  a free online course by the University of Lancaster What are the qualities that made Wordsworth’s poems rise to prominence? 

TASK: take down some notes of the most important ideas that made the PREFACE TO THE LYRICAL BALLADS the Manifesto of British Romanticism.

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Interesting is the video on ROMANTICISM – by the School of Life – to introduce the era.

 

If you wanna visit Wordsworth’s Cumbria and the places that inspired his poetry here’s a beautiful website of photography. And the 10 best photography locations of the Lake District.   You can also explore his sister Dorothy’s  cottage in the next video.

The next video is the poem Daffodils read by the incredible actor Jeremy Irons whose “liquid” voice is stunning. In my opinion it is just a brilliant, magic and a moving example of poetry reading. As someone commented : “He could read the phone book and make it sound wonderful.” 🙂

While surfing the net I also found a rap version of the same poem, an attempt to make a literary classic … more contemporary so to speak.  How do you like it? Does it sound significant or like a parody to your ears? How does it make you feel? ? Be ready to discuss in class orally. 

I’m also embedding the other poem we read  “The Rainbow” MY Heart Leaps Up so that you can listen to it at home.

It’s all by now. Hope one day you’ll visit the Lake District as, if you like hiking, it’s an area you should take into consideration 😉

Shakespeare part 2 Elizabethan Theatres

I would like to start this second post on Shakespeare by sharing with you the magazine Gallant Gossipcreated by a class of mine some years ago (2008/9!). I’m still so proud of it! Originally it was just printed as a booklet of paper, like the copy I showed you in class. Then I created the on-line version. Reading it will inspire you all, I hope.

Gallant Gossip by Laura Cimetta

I’m now going to post some videos and materials to be used in class during our lesson butt also to be watch dat home when studying, or if you were absent 🙂

1. ELIZABETHAN THEATRE: video Elizabethan Theatre explained by Willy is the final product of a class project.

2. THE GLOBE THEATRE: You can see some photos http://www.wfu.edu/~tedforrl/shakespeare/globe.htm and if you like, take a virtual tour of it. (The virtual tour requires the free Quicktime plugin for your browser but you can download it from the page). It’s like being inside the theatre during a show! If you’ve got an iPad you can download the app and visit all sections of it. The app is free but to access all areas is 0.99€. If you want to have an idea of how many theatres there were in London look at this beautiful map of all Elizabethan theatres

3. A FRAUD?  In the future, after studying some of his works, you may doubt the existence of Shakespeare as the dramatist who wrote Shakespeare’s plays if you watch the movie Anonymous that claims he didn’t write his plays.

4. FOLIO: Thanks to the beautiful Interactive folio of Romeo & Juliet, nowadays you can read his comedy, have explained the difficult words and also listen to it 🙂 Technology can allow us to experience art in a way I would have never dreamt of, when I attended Liceo and could only study from black & white pages!

5. LANGUAGE: You already know that he contributed over 3,000 new words to the English language.  Here’s a list of the 13 words you didn’t know were invented by Shakespeare! but ….Did William Shakespeare really invent all those words?  Watch this funny Video about Shakespeare’s language 🙂

6. MUSIC LOVERS: Last but not least, this website offers you Shakespeare’s works through music. It’s not the rock or rap music you usually listen to but some are very sweet and pleasant to listen to.

7 ROMEO 6 JULIET. And now it’s about time to read this beautiful tragedy. First watch this BBC LEARNING TEENS video read by Jade Anouka. Here’s the page with some activities.

Let’s end this post with Shakespeare’s … dating tips so that you can get ready for next year’s St. valentine’s day :) as it was yesterday and we weren’t at school.You can also register or log in ( we already used it last year) at TedEdu and do the activities (multiple choice ex. ) on the video here. Enjoy!

EXTRA WEBLIOGRAPHY:

  1. 60 second Shakespeare’s plays
  2. Interactive Shakespeare
  3. Tudor’s dressing game
  4. ROMEO & JULIET by BBC Learning Teens
  5. If you want to practise more watch a lovely BBC video and do the activities  below. Click here: Shakespeare

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tour in the world of Shakespeare and will love his marvellous works.